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1:45 AM ET, August 26, 2007

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Roger Simon / The Politico:
DNC sanctions Florida Dems  —  Florida will lose all its delegates to the Democratic National Convention unless the state moves its primary from Jan. 29 to Feb. 5, the Democratic Party decided Saturday.  —  While the one-week change may seem trivial to outsiders, the decision …
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Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Obama names Republicans he'll work with  —  KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama often says he will be a candidate that will bring both parties together and Saturday he named a few of the Republicans he would reach out to if elected.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
DNC Strips Florida Of 2008 Delegates  —  No Convention Slots Unless Later Primary Is Set  —  The Democratic National Committee sought to seize control of its unraveling nominating process yesterday, rejecting pleas from state party leaders and cracking down on Florida for scheduling a Jan. 29 presidential primary.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Democrats Take a Tough Line on Florida Primary
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
DNC to Florida Democrats: Not So Fast
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Agonist
Normanm / CNN Political Ticker:   Florida Dems may be barred from '08 convention
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
DNC May Deny Florida Slots at '08 Convention
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
HuffPo Calls For Military Coup In USA  —  The Huffington Post published a plea to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs today to arrest George Bush for "conduct unbecoming" — essentially, a military coup against the elected government of the United States.  Martin Lewis claims that the military …
Allahpundit / Hot Air » Top Picks:
HuffPo genius to Peter Pace: Arrest this man and relieve him of command
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Iraq body count running at double pace  —  BAGHDAD - This year's U.S. troop buildup has succeeded in bringing violence in Baghdad down from peak levels, but the death toll from sectarian attacks around the country is running nearly double the pace from a year ago.
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
After Iraq Trip, Unshaken Resolve  —  CHICAGO When Rep. Jan Schakowsky made her first trip to Iraq this month, the outspoken antiwar liberal resolved to keep her opinions to herself.  "I would listen and learn," she decided.  —  At times that proved a challenge, as when Deputy Prime Minister …
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US News:
Maybe Trading Up Soon at Justice  —  The buzz among top Bushies is that beleaguered Attorney General Alberto Gonzales finally plans to depart and will be replaced by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.  Why Chertoff?  Officials say he's got fans on Capitol Hill …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Next Hurrah
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Bush touts surge success  —  President Bush said Saturday the surge of U.S. troops in Iraq, which he set in motion at the beginning of the year, is showing successes and proves that "conditions on the ground can change."  —  With just three weeks to go until General David Petraeus …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Christopher Hitchens / Observer:
To invoke Vietnam was a blunder too far for Bush  —  The Presidents's crass comparison between Iraq and war in south east Asia was the most ludicrous misreading of history  —  How do I dislike President George Bush?  Let me count the ways.  Most of them have to do with his contented assumption …
Discussion: Hot Air
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Spying Program May Be Tested by Terror Case  —  After a bloody raid by American military forces on an enemy camp in Rawah, Iraq, on June 11, 2003, a Defense Department report took inventory.  Eighty suspected terrorists killed.  An enormous weapons cache recovered.
The Corner:
"Even I question the 'truth' of 9/11" — Robert Fisk [Victor Davis Hanson]  —  Here's what bin Laden said in his famous pre-election on video tape of October 30, 2004: … Here is his most recent reiteration of pride in 9/11 on a tape reportedly released on June 15, 2007:
Adam Howard / AlterNet.org:
Tim Robbins: "If You F**k Things Up You Can No Longer Be An Expert" [VIDEO]  —  Tim Robbins and Bill Maher clash with Cheney biographer Stephen Hayes about the rationale for the Iraq War.  —  On the first episode of this season of Real Time with Bill Maher, actor Tim Robbins …
Discussion: RADAMISTO and Cliff Schecter
The Atlantic Online:
O'Hanlon + Post = Well, The Same  —  Someone at The Washington Post editorial pages decided that despite the fact that Michael O'Hanlon (PDF) "has appeared on the major television networks more than 150 times since September 11, 2001 and has contributed to CNN, MSNBC, BBC …
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   THE O'HANLON/POLLACK REPORT....I mentioned yesterday …
New York Times:
Drop Foreseen in Median Price of U.S. Homes  —  The median price of American homes is expected to fall this year for the first time since federal housing agencies began keeping statistics in 1950.  —  Economists say the decline, which could be foreshadowed in a widely followed government price index …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tina Susman / Los Angeles Times:
GIs' morale dips as Iraq war drags on  —  With tours extended, multiple deployments and new tactics that put them in bare posts in greater danger, they feel leaders are out of touch with reality.  —  YOUSIFIYA, IRAQ — In the dining hall of a U.S. Army post south of Baghdad …
 
 
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Reuters:
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Discussion: Villainous Company and Hot Air
Redstate:
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CNN:
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MSNBC:
Iraq fraud whistleblowers vilified